Friday, 14 June 2013
Romans 10 - Close but so far away
Paul longs to see his non-Christian friends trust and follow Jesus and know God personally, especially his fellow Israelites, but it seems like these guys are the least likely because of their attitude and approach to God. They're relying so much on their own goodness that they miss the goodness of God. Like so many today, they trust in their own ways and their own efforts thinking there's nothing better. They're wrong. There is Jesus.
Jesus is closer than these people might think. If they stopped trying so hard to climb up and find God, they might realise that God has come down and his Spirit today is inviting them to be right with God by believing Jesus and to be rescued from sin by asking him for forgiveness.
Paul is on a mission that every Christian should be on. He lives to tell people about Jesus and to send others to tell people about Jesus so everyone can hear, understand, believe and benefit from this good news from God.
Paul knows that some people will not believe. The Israelites had a massive historical advantage when it came to knowing God and they were the first to hear about Jesus but many were stubborn and hard-hearted and rejected him. Since that time and still today, the good news has been going out to everyone else. It's for everybody! If people tell us they don't want to know about Jesus, we can't force them to change their mind. We love them and we don't give up friendship with them but we also keep looking for people who want to hear, understand and believe the good news about Jesus so they too can be rescued from sin and made right with God.